BioMap2 is designed to guide strategic biodiversity conservation in Massachusetts over the next decade by focusing land protection and stewardship on the areas that are most critical for ensuring the long-term persistence of rare and other native species and their habitats, exemplary natural communities, and a diversity of ecosystems. BioMap2 is also designed to include the habitats and species of conservation concern identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan.
The New BioMap
In 2001 and 2003 the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program produced the original BioMap and Living Waters biodiversity conservation plans. BioMap2, developed in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, replaces the earlier plans.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts funded the BioMap2 project largely from capital bond funds and from the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Fund. The Department of Fish and Game also gratefully acknowledges a critical grant received from the Open Space Institute, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Nature Conservancy is especially grateful for support from The Ackerman Conservation Fund, Toward Sustainability Foundation, and Elinor M. and Joel L. Siner.
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The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program is responsible for the conservation and protection of Massachusetts' biodiversity through biological research and inventory, endangered species regulation, rare species recovery, habitat restoration, education, information management, and land protection.
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Nature Conservancy's Massachusetts Program has focused on analyses and conservation of globally important forests, rivers, wetlands, and coastal systems.